13. Nov, 2019

Why Should We Remember?

Last Sunday November 10th, 2019 marked 100-years since the proclamation of King George V of Great Britain to remember our glorious dead.

Whilst the King was not glorifying conflict, he was asking his peoples to remember why they would enjoy freedoms after that most terrible war.

Following the Kings proclamation on the 7th November 1919, the first observation throughout the British Commonwealth was called, “Armistice Day”, which commemorated the armistice agreement that ended the First World War in 1918 ~ on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month.

To appreciate our freedoms of today, every man, woman, boy and girl are wise to remember King George V words that, “all locomotion would cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.”

Sometimes, in our perceived struggle to obtain more and more stuff, we allow ourselves the indulgence of self-pity.

  • Woe is me
  • My lot is hard
  • I never seem to do anything but work
  • The cost of living is spiralling upwards
  • My spouse, family, boss just don’t understand me

Try pausing, not just for two-minutes once a year, but for that moment every single day to remember what you actually have going for you. And, if you can’t think of anything, at least remember those who die, are maimed or suffer mental trauma so that you may have the freedom to become.

The happiest people I know are not those who find their golden ticket; they are those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments. Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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